BEATRICE – A ten-year-old autistic boy is safe and sound, after a nearly hour-long search for the youth by Beatrice law officers, Monday afternoon.
Police Chief Bruce Lang says the boy left Paddock Lane Elementary School without authorization, touching off a search by police patrol officers and school resource officers that included areas as far south as Dempster Industries.
:09 “and we did”
Lang says the boy had fled the school on prior occasions. He went missing today, close to the time classes were dismissing for the day at the northeast Beatrice Elementary building. At one point, the chief says the youth apparently hitched a ride on a truck trailer in the downtown area.
:15 “on Sixth”
Police patrol vehicles and a Beatrice Fire and Rescue ambulance were observed around an alley between Court and Market. Officers apparently had located the youth and were meeting with a school administrator there.
Lang says he had heard that the boy sustained some bumps and bruises and was checked over by EMS staff. Police radio traffic at one point, indicated officers were focusing on the area near Dempster Industries, a few blocks south of the downtown.
:17 “was on a bicycle”
Lang says police received a significant number of witness reports of people spotting the boy. Authorities made use of an emergency notification system to let the public know police were searching for the boy.
:38 “lines we have”
The search for the youth went on for 45-minutes to an hour, Monday afternoon.